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Police say 19-year-old Deniesha Pugh was hit by a car heading east at 26th and Broadway and dragged a few blocks, but the car never stopped. Police say 19-year-old Deniesha Pugh was hit by a car heading east at 26th and Broadway and dragged a few blocks, but the car never stopped.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teenager is hit by a car and dragged for blocks, and her killer is still on the run. Metro Police say the driver knows they hit someone, and community leaders are prepared to go door to door to find the person who was driving the car.

"It was chaotic, people were crying," said Donald Booker, who was on the scene.

Booker says the scene of Saturday night's deadly hit-and-run was disturbing for everyone.

"You know, the people that was with me, you know, they were crying, I mean, it was sad. Somebody would do somebody like that and just leave 'em in the street."

Police say 19-year-old Deniesha Pugh was hit by a car heading east at 26th and Broadway and dragged a few blocks, but the car never stopped.

"Guy that was standing there with us said that he was actually behind him and pulled over," Booker said. "Said he was trying to catch up, said, cause he had to know he hit the young lady."

"So we want to ask the question, why didn't you stop?" questioned Jerald Muhammad, with Brothers Helping Brothers.

Muhammad believes he knows why the driver did not stop.

"Riding dirty, you know, I think that they were probably riding dirty," explained Minister Muhammad. "In street language they either had some type of illegal substances on them or maybe they had a warrant out on them or a suspended drivers license, so that's why they didn't stop."

Muhammad says he is prepared to take action.

"If they don't turn themselves in here in the next 24-hours, I am in the process of trying to organize men from the community -- Christians, Muslim, white, black -- and we want to go door-to-door in the area where this happened and see if we can get some information," Muhammad said.

Meanwhile, a makeshift memorial of balloons, flowers and crosses mark the spot where it happened and police say the person responsible was driving a white Chevy Impala.

"It should have front end damage and windshield damage on it," said Dwight Mitchell, LMPD Spokesperson.

LMPD says the driver actually had the right of way, but is now a fugitive.

"Well, basically, because they left the scene of the accident, yes, it has become a crime," said Mitchell.

Again, police say that Chevy Impala likely has damage to the front end or windshield.

If you have any information, you can call the department's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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